(CA) The Grand Philharmonic Choir (Mark Vuorinen, Conductor) Concert: Membra Jesu Nostri (The Limbs of our Jesus) by Buxtehude (24 mar 2012)
Location: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Kitchener Ontario, Canada
“The work of North German composer Dieterich Buxtehude was a strong influence on Bach. Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri (The Limbs of our Jesus) is a cycle of seven cantatas composed in 1680. Hear the transparent beauty of early music, with period instruments including a consort of Viols, foreshadowing Bach's work, in this breathtaking composition.”
Blaze of Glory: Early Music Now
Location: Milwaukee, WI US
“New to EMN: Two recent winners of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. The five voices of Calmus Ensemble Leipzig join with the recorder collective QNG: Quartet New Generation in an exploration of music, much of which was written to honor Holy Roman Emperors, Kings, and Popes. Lecture at 4:00, Reception and preview of the 26th season at Intermission.”
(UK) Chapelle du Roi - Alistair Dixon, dir., Concert: "Music From the Three Great Days of Holy Week" (4 apr 2012)
Location: St. John's, Smith Square, Westminster London SW1, UK
“Since the sixteenth century composers have been inspired by the emotionally charged atmosphere of the three great days of Holy Week. This programme presents some of the most exquisite music of the Triduum representing the agony and ecstasy of Holy week and Easter.
Programme includes music by Victoria, Palestrina, Byrd and Tallis.”
Music by Cornysh, Browne, and Mouton
Location: Blessed Sacrament Church, 5041 9th Ave. NE, Seattle WA, US
“Between June 7 and 24, 1520, in fields near Calais, there took place one of the most spectacular political summit meetings of all time. Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France met to seal a treaty of friendship between their two warring countries, with no expense sparred. Everything was carefully prepared to make the surface seem smooth, yet everything had an undercurrent of the most intense rivalry, from the negotiations of high state to the wrestling, the food, the jousting--and the music. …
(BE) Scherzi Musicali Concerts Newsletter (24 feb 2012): "La Saison des amours" (20 apr 2012); "Malines" (26 apr 2012)
Cantates All Saints and All Soul’s Day
“For the 18th time Musica, Impulse Centre for Music organizes an international master class. Musicians from all over the world participate in these master classes. In this edition Sigiswald Kuijken passes on his immense experience and vision to young musicians who seek their way in the world of early music.
GORDON PINSENT TO LAUNCH OTTAWA CHAMBERFEST 2012
“March 21 at 7:00PM, Gordon Harrison Gallery
Legendary Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent will be guest of honour at a party to formally launch the 19th edition of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. The invitation-only event will be held at the Gordon Harrison Gallery, 495 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00PM.
Mr. Pinsent will make his debut at Ottawa Chamberfest 2012 as narrator of The Carnival of the Animals and Enoch Arden.
The Musikmesse is the world's leading trade fair for the world of music. Here, you will find a complete range of products with everything required for making music, not to mention innumerable workshops, concerts, demonstrations and discussion events. …”
From the latest Colbert Artists Management newsletter
“As we welcome the warmer weather and the added sunlight of springing forward, we also welcome new growth here at Colbert Artists. As promised in last month's newsletter, we've since announced the arrival of two new artists to our roster: soprano ELIZABETH FUTRAL, and baroque conductor and harpsichordist JEANNETTE SORRELL. “
Location: The Church of St John the Evangelist at Duke and Water Streets, Kitchener ON, CA
“Our final Bach Vespers for 2011-2012 will be on Sunday, April 1 at 4 p.m. at our usual location, The Church of St John the Evangelist at Duke and Water Streets in Kitchener. The Ensemble will be singing Bach’s great, early cantata 106, “Gottes Zeit ist der allerbeste Zeit”, also known as ‘Actus Tragicus’. The motet is “Fuerchte dich nicht” by Johann Christoph Bach, the member of the Bach clan most highly esteemed by the family next to Johann Sebastian. They called him “the profound and expressive composer”. Come and hear why.” (Ken Hull, Artistic Director)
Also look out for The Sixteen’s James MacMillan CD on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review on Saturday 17th March. …”
(NL) Semibrevity "A Blog About Early Music Pioneers" Article: "In Early Music, how famous is “famous enough”?"
Location: First Moravian Church, 154 Lexington Ave at 30th Street, New York City
“The Queen's Chamber Band & Choir (with guests Janet Steele and Janice Thomas) perform Bach's Cantata 100 (Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan) with soloists Sharla Nafziger, soprano; Marshall Coid, countertenor; Andrew Fuchs, tenor; and, Constantinos Yiannoudes, bass-baritone. Violinist Robert Zubrycki, aided by his colleagues Peter Seidenberg, cellist, and Elaine Comparone, harpsichordist, perform Bach's Sonata in C minor for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord (BWV 1017). Flutist Karla Moe and violist Veronica Salas join cellist Seidenberg and harpsichordist Comparone for Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Quartet in G Major. The entire Band (including oboist Marsha Heller and violinist Lori Miller Abbot) opens the program with Handel's Concerto Grosso in D, Opus 3, #6. The choir and soloists perform (in English) choral works by Johann Sebastian's cousins, the brothers Johann Michael (1648-1694) and Johann Christoph (1642-1703), described by Johann Sebastian as "the great and expressive composer." Cantata 100 will be sung in German.
VICES & VIRTUES Passionate Music of Early Europe
PASSION will wind its musical way through June in Washington, as it has through centuries of music.
“This intriguing theme will unleash creative forces in our artists’ programming. We can look forward to emotional performances of sacred or secular passion – love, intrigue, jealousy, death, spirituality.
As has become a tradition, the Festival will offer events throughout the entire month of June. We invite you to take expeditions into the heart of D.C. to attend our concerts, visit museums, try new restaurants, stroll the neighborhoods.
The course is already full. But everyone is welcome to the free show moment on Sunday 25th March at 3 pm!
Location: Academy of Music, Word and Dance Lier, Gasthuisvest 50, 2500 Lier
In 2012 the annual Gabrieli workshop expands to both instrumental and vocal-instrumental works:
- Nunc dimittis servum tuum à 14 (vocalists: soprano, 2 altos, 2 tenors, bass)
- Magnificat à 12 (vocalists: soprano, 2 altos, 2 tenors, bass)
- Lieto Godea à 8 (vocalists: soprano, alto, tenor, bass)
- Anima mea à 12 (vocalists: soprano, 2 altos, 2 tenors, bass)
- Dulcis Jesu patris imago à 20 (vocalists: soprano, 2 altos , 2 tenors, bass)
(CA) Tafelmusik Chamber Choir: Choral Spectacular - Celebrating 30 Years (27, 29-31 mar, 1 apr 2012)
(US) Gotham Early Music Scene Concert: A Musical Feast in the Palaces of the Georgian Era (21 mar 2012)
Location: Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium 417 East 61st Street, New York NY, US
“An evocation of an evening in the palaces and country houses of England's great Georges, with an introduction to the musical developments of the period. Works by Purcell, Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart performed by the Sinfonia Players with guest vocal soloist Rufus Müller.”
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
“In 2012 Antwerp's early music festival Laus Polyphoniae will focus on the 'Mare Adriatico', the Adriatic Sea. For the first time in its history the festival will have not one but two artists in residence:
- Daedalus directed by Robert Festa
- Dialogos directed by Katarina Livljanić.
Acclaimed projects like the International Young Artist's Presentation and the concerts for babies will be continued.
In the cozy and beautiful environment of the Church of Santa Barbara dei Librai in Rome a reconstruction of a XVII century mass celebration, based on Frescobaldi’s Messa della Madonna and coeval vocal music, in the perfect style of period religious rites.
Nell'affascinante e raccolto ambiente della Chiesa di Santa Barbara dei Librai, nel cuore di Roma, una ricostruzione idealizzata di una celebrazione liturgica dei primi anni del XVII secolo, basata sulla Messa della Madonna di Girolamo Frescobaldi (tratta dai suoi Fiori Musicali), sommo organista ferrarese trapiantato ed attivo a Roma a cavallo tra il XVI e il XVII secolo, e su musiche vocali coeve. Organo e voci si alternano nel puntualizzare i vari momenti della celebrazione nello stile dell'epoca, quando la musica costituiva l'unico contatto tra celebrante e fedeli nei riti delle varie cappelle musicali romane.